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Source:  https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants/assistive-technology-explained

We need to understand your AT needs and how they will help you pursue your goals. We’ll need different information from you depending on the cost and risk.

Some equipment or items will need an AT assessor to assess your needs and situation, and identify the most appropriate AT. The assessor may be an allied health practitioner, continence nurse, rehabilitation engineer, AT mentor or other qualified practitioner.

If you have AT in your plan, you will also have at least $500 included in your Capacity Building Improved Daily Living – Budget to seek advice from an independent advisor about your AT requirements. 

You can learn more about AT assessments and how we assess risk in:

Source:  https://ourguidelines.ndis.gov.au/supports-you-can-access-menu/equipment-and-technology/assistive-technology/how-can-you-get-assistive-technology-your-plan

Do you need advice about your assistive technology?


We’ll always include funding in your capacity building budget to help you get advice about assistive technology. You can also use the funding to help you choose assistive technology or learn how to use it. For example, you could speak to an assistive technology advisor for advice about the right item for you.

You don’t always need an assessment or advice before we fund assistive technology. But an assessment can help us decide on the right supports to include.

For low cost assistive technology, we include at least $500 in your Capacity Building budget for advice or assessment. This helps you choose the right assistive technology for you.

We recommend you talk with your doctor (GP) or an assistive technology advisor before you buy low cost assistive technology. An assessment might help you learn about assistive technology you didn’t know about. Or it can help you find assistive technology that’s cheaper or works better for you.

For mid cost and high cost assistive technology, we include more funding for assessment and advice. You must ask an assistive technology advisor for written advice before you buy this assistive technology.

You also need to consult an assistive technology advisor before you buy an item of higher risk assistive technology for the first time. You’ll need to do this even if it’s low cost. This makes sure it’s safe for you.

You can upload the advice to your NDIS myplace portal yourself for:

  • low cost assistive technology
  • mid cost assistive technology
  • if there is no action required from us.

You should send your quote and/or assessment to us at enquiries@ndis.gov.au if:

  • it’s for high cost assistive technology
  • it needs action from us. For example, if you need us to consider or approve a quote.


What evidence do we need for low cost assistive technology?


You can tell us what you think you need. You could give us a list at your planning conversation. Or, you can talk to your Local Area Coordinator, Early Childhood Partner or planner.

You don’t need to give us an assessment or quote. If you need low cost items that are higher risk, you’ll need to get advice about how to use them before you buy them.